Let's hope they release that stuff publicly ASAP. I want to know what Tepco has been lying about lately.
That the ground around unit four spent fuel pool has subsided 30 inches since the accident with 400 or so spent fuel rods still in there.
Allegations are that unit 4 was being upgraded when the quake struck and that fuel was being stored illegally in the spent fuel pool at the time of the quake. Money that should have been spent on seawall and generator upgrades.
Japanese civil engineers have said they're at a loss to explain the damage to the concrete supports for the spent fuel pool in unit four as the quake did not have enough ground acceleration to damage them.
Accounts are emerging that when part of the crane fell in the pool, some of the illegal fuel rods struck one another causing a neutron pulse and it is that which damaged the concrete supports.
Meanwhile The fall guy president admits there is a cover up of a meltdown to cover-up the illegal activity that was happening in unit four in the first place. Look at that silly monkey!
We have this brain dead blanket on all news and information about Fukushima there is little chance we are going to get much real information while they continue to let that pig of a plant belch radioisotopes into the pacific ocean. I wish they would at least close in the sea walls around the plant to at least *try* to stop or filter the ground water that reaches the ocean. Plutonium Chloride is very soluble.
Here is my ---> theory about what is going on in Japan: The shutdown of their reactor fleet has nothing to do with protestors or anything other that what is happening in Unit 4 spent fuel pool. I suspect that the government now knows just how badly Tepco fucked up, but they're in a bind. If they let Tepco hang, everyone will know why and they won't be able to control the situation.
The situation at Unit 4 is so dire they have been toiling day and night since the accident to remove all the fuel rods from the damaged pool. It has stopped because they need to do maintenance on the crane. The count is down from 1100 spent rods, to 400 rods so far, which is awesome work, but remains a threat. I reason it is because of the following potential scenarios:
Best Case: All the fuel rods are removed and Fukushima is no worse than it already is, an INES level 7 accident whose radioactive steam effluents will continue to blow via the jet stream over the US.
Worse Case: There is some failure which initiates a plutonium file in the remaining rods with hundreds of millions of curies blowing over the continental US mainland and into the pacific ocean.
Worst Case: *IF* the Japanese continued to operate their reactors, the worse case above initiates a much larger neutron pulse that initiates meltdowns in all of the nuclear plants on the japanese eastern seaboard, leaving most of the Japanese population unable to respond to the multiple meltdowns. I know, it seems far fetched, but it seems more reasonable that the Japanese government would respond to pressure from that scenario to shut down the economic benefit they get from nuclear power, as opposed to pressure from any hippy hick NIMBY anty-nukker protestor.
Excuse me dp, I have to address the fanboi reading, yes you fanboi, re-read the worst case scenario again, notice the big *IF*, no read it again. Now before you respond, you don't know enough fact to make up a fictional scenario that elaborate, so it's either possible or you don't know what you are talking about enough to respond with anything other than an emotive diatribe. *IF*.
Apologies dp, it's just a theory though. We will know if the Japanese reactors are started up again *after* the last of the fuel rods are removed from unit 4.